The 22-year-old, whose fastest delivery has been clocked at 153km/h, has succumbed to a back injury, just a fortnight after making his Test debut against the West Indies in Mumbai.
Aaron is the second first-choice fast bowler to pull out of the Indian squad after Praveen Kumar suffered a rib injury a fortnight ago.
The back injury is a worry; ultra-fast bowlers typically get them and occasionally have to change their action as a result. And meanwhile, we still don’t know what’s going on with Ishant Sharma. So, no Aaron, no Kumar, possibly no Ishant — and Zaheer still iffy. This will be a long winter. (I will not include a long-standing plea for cricket-crush Irfan Pathan to rescue us from our latest quagmire.)